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Maine woman dies in crash on Massachusetts highway

Aug. 21, 2018 7:23 AM EDT

CHICOPEE, Mass. (AP) — A woman from Maine has died and two other people have been injured in a two-vehicle crash on a Massachusetts highway. State police say a car, for reasons that remain under investigation, went out of control on Interstate 395 north in Chicopee just after 6 p.m. Monday and struck a...

Sculpture inspired by tornado to greet new casino's visitors

Aug. 20, 2018 11:53 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — When visitors to the new MGM Springfield casino soon enter its hotel lobby, they will be greeted by a large, state-of-the-art sculpture that wraps around the interior of the building's entrance. The piece, the work of New York artist Mia Pearlman, is an homage to the perseverance,...

Police: 4 injured in 2 weekend shootings in Springfield

Aug. 20, 2018 11:03 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Springfield police have responded to two weekend shootings within hours of each other that left four people injured. The shootings happened between 12:30 a.m. and 3 a.m. Sunday in Springfield. Police responded to the first shooting and found a man and a woman suffering gunshot...

Drawing from city's proud past, can casino spur revival?

Aug. 19, 2018 10:32 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Standing on Springfield's Main Street, the nearly $1 billion resort casino meant to spark a downtown renaissance doesn't immediately scream Las Vegas glitz. There's no neon-lit billboard, no soaring tower of glass and steel. Instead, two modest signs bearing the MGM initials are...

Man found with 3 bodies at home indicted on murder charges

Aug. 16, 2018 7:14 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man has been indicted on murder charges in the deaths of three women whose bodies were discovered at his home. Stewart Weldon was indicted by a grand jury Thursday on charges including murder, strangulation, rape and kidnapping. The women whose bodies were found at...

Man sentenced to prison in ex-girlfriend's beating

Aug. 16, 2018 10:42 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man convicted in the brutal beating of his ex-girlfriend is heading to prison. The Republican reports that 37-year-old Jose Alvelo was sentenced Wednesday to a maximum of nine years in state prison in connection with the February 2017 assault that left the victim...

Attorneys for officers charged with rape request quick trial

Aug. 15, 2018 7:18 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Lawyers for two Massachusetts police officers charged with aggravated rape have asked a judge for a quick trial. Springfield Patrolmen Joshua Figueroa and Derrick Gentry-Mitchell have both pleaded not guilty. The Republican newspaper reports that prosecutors told a Hampden...

Police recover 2 stolen guns, arrest 2

Aug. 14, 2018 6:27 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Police in Massachusetts have recovered two stolen guns in two separate arrests. Springfield police say officers first responded to a report of a man with a gun around 7 p.m. Monday and saw a man acting suspiciously in a vehicle. Officers cleared the car and found a loaded gun...

MGM told to tone down casino billboard

Aug. 14, 2018 5:01 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A casino billboard visible from a Massachusetts highway won't use animations to draw visitors to MGM's $960 million resort. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Tuesday unanimously denied the Las Vegas company's request to run videos and moving images on a large, electronic...

Attorneys argue that search that yielded heroin was illegal

Aug. 14, 2018 8:25 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Lawyers for three New York City men charged with trafficking nearly six kilograms of heroin in Massachusetts have told a judge police had no reason to search their clients' vehicle. The Republican newspaper reports that attorneys for driver Erik Batista-Reyes and passengers Felix...